One of the most commonly decorated areas of a home for Christmas is the mantel.
This is not only where you will hang your stockings, but it is the perfect place to set decorative items.
The following tips will help you decorate your Christmas mantel in the shabby chic theme.
Use Distressed Wood Frames
If you have pictures on your mantel, and many people do, you don’t have to take them down just because it’s Christmas.
Instead, keep the pictures up, but switch out the frames.
Even if you already have shabby chic-friendly frames, now is a great time to put away the white frames and bring out some distressed wood ones.
This really adds a fun look to your mantel where the rest of your shabby chic Christmas décor is probably white, silver, and pastel colors.
It gives some nature to your mantel without getting too far from the shabby chic look you want to acquire.
For a bit of fun, you can even switch out the pictures and replace them with pictures of angels, snowmen, Santa and Mrs. Clause, as if they were friends and family members.
Create a Village on the Mantel
Many people create a Christmas village and put it on a table, but why not put it right on your mantel?
It keeps it high enough to be away from kids or cats who are a little too curious, as well as being in a room where your family probably spends a lot of time during the holidays.
Not only that, it is a convenient place to spread around twinkle lights and plug them in, allowing you to easily illuminate your shabby chic-style Christmas village.
Use Vintage Items on the Mantel
You might want to use various decorative accessories and figurines for more traditional decorating of the mantel.
For a shabby chic look, try to find items that are vintage or at least have that old-fashioned look to them.
Some items that work perfectly include an old pair of white ice skates, vintage milk jugs, and bottles, or Santa Clause figures that have the old dress as opposed to the bright red dress and hat of the more modern styles.
Add Spray Painted Bottle Brush Trees
Bottlebrush trees are really popular during Christmas since they are inexpensive and always add a fun element.
However, instead of the bold green ones, you can either get them in white or spray paint them yourself.
Spread them around in between other decorative items.
I implemented some of these things on my mantel this year.
It’s so much fun to change things around every year depending on the season of life that you are in.
One thing that I will watch is those after Christmas sales with my mantel in mind. There are excellent deals and you might find something that will make it even more special next year.
Have you decorated your mantel this year? I would love to know if you used a theme!
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